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    In the year 2025, the best men don't run for president, they run for their lives. . . .
    — Stephen King
    tags: men  live  year 
     
    For men, I think, love is a thing formed of equal parts lust and astonishment. The astonishment part women understand. The lust part they only think they understand.
    — Stephen King
    tags: men  women  lust 
     
    He who speaks without an attentive ear is mute.
    — Stephen King
    And people who don't dream, who don't have any kind of imaginative life, they must" they must go nuts. I can't imagine that.
    — Stephen King
    tags: people  dreams  imagine 
     
    Friends don't spy; true friendship is about privacy, too.
    — Stephen King
    tags: friendship  friends  true 
     
    That was what I wanted, but I don't need it to be gone. I can love you and I can love life and bear the pain all at the same time. I think the pain might even make the rest better, the way a good setting can make a diamond look better.
    — Stephen King
    tags: time  pain  gone  diamond 
     
    Beating heroin is child's play compared to beating your childhood.
    — Stephen King
    tags: childhood 
     
    You discarded most of the lies along the way but held on to the one that said life mattered.
    — Stephen King
    tags: lies 
     
    What can be done when you're eleven can often never be done again.
    — Stephen King
    Some things were better lost than found.
    — Stephen King
    tags: lost 
     
    where the world ends is where you must begin
    — Stephen King
    tags: world 
     
    And when there are enough outsiders together in one place, a mystic osmosis takes place and you're inside.
    — Stephen King
    It was the kiss by which all the others of his life would be judged and found wanting.
    — Stephen King
    tags: kiss 
     
    There was a lot they didn't tell you about death, she had discovered, and one of the biggies was how long it took the ones you loved most to die in your heart.
    — Stephen King
    tags: death  heart  die 
     
    Rewrite formula: 2nd Draft = 1st Draft - 10%.
    — Stephen King
    Outside, a gusty October breeze was combing leaves from the trees and sending them across her backyard in colorful skitters.
    — Stephen King
    Death is when the monsters get you.
    — Stephen King
    tags: death 
     
    I have no plans to get an iPad. I know it will do more things than my Kindle, but I don't want more things. If I want other stuff - movies, TV shows, weather forecasts, the forthcoming Josh Ritter album - I have my Mac.
    — Stephen King
    tags: movie 
     
    Lovecraft opened the way for me, as he had done for others before me
    — Stephen King
    If the stuff you're writing is not for yourself, it won't work.
    — Stephen King
    tags: work  writing 
     
    I don't have nightmares; I give them all to you.
    — Stephen King
    A good reputation is something that must be earned, yet can never be bought.
    — Stephen King
    A library is a place where you can live a thousand lives. So why are you waiting when you could be living? Visit your library today.
    — Stephen King
    tags: live  library 
     
    Bad writing is more than a matter of (expletive deleted) syntax and faulty observation; bad writing usually arises from a stubborn refusal to tell stories about what people actually do to face the fact, let us say, that murderers sometimes help old ladies cross the street.
    — Stephen King
    tags: people  help  bad  facts  writing  stories 
     
    the late afternoon sunlight, warm as oil, sweet as childhood ...
    — Stephen King
    tags: childhood 
     
    He would write it for the reason he felt that all great literature, fiction and nonfiction, was written: truth comes out, in the end it always comes out. He would write it because he felt he had to.
    — Stephen King
    Fear can hold you prisoner. Hope can set you free.
    — Stephen King
    tags: fear  hope 
     
    Sometimes stories cry out to be told in such loud voices that you write them just to shut them up.
    — Stephen King
    tags: stories  write 
     
    When you're five and you hurt, you make a big noise in the world. At ten you whimper. But by the time you make fifteen you begin to eat the poisoned apples that grow on your own inner tree of pain.
    — Stephen King
    tags: time  pain  world  hurt 
     
    Good luck is just bad luck with its hair combed.
    — Stephen King
    tags: luck  bad 
     
    I hated school. I don't trust anybody who looks back on the years from 14 to 18 with any enjoyment. If you liked being a teenager, there's something really wrong with you.
    — Stephen King
    tags: trust  wrong  teenager  school  year 
     
    A successful novel should interrupt the reader's life, make him or her miss appointments, skip meals, forget to walk the dog.
    — Stephen King
    One of the really bad things you can do to your writing is to dress up the vocabulary, looking for long words because you're maybe a little bit ashamed of your short ones. This is like dressing up a household pet in evening clothes. The pet is embarrassed and the person who committed this act of premeditated cuteness should be even more embarrassed.
    — Stephen King
    tags: people  bad  writing 
     
    People don't get better, they just get smarter. When you get smarter you don't stop pulling the wings off flies, you just think of better reasons for doing it.
    — Stephen King
    tags: people  wings 
     
    Kill your darlings, kill your darlings, even when it breaks your egocentric little scribbler's heart, kill your darlings.
    — Stephen King
    tags: heart 
     
    When you write a book, you spend day after day scanning and identifying the trees. When you're done, you have to step back and look at the forest.
    — Stephen King
    tags: book  write 
     
    The concept of dreaming is known to the waking mind but to the dreamer there is no waking, no real world, no sanity; there is only the screaming bedlam of sleep.
    — Stephen King
    tags: world  sleep  dreaming  real  mind 
     
    They walked through the rainy dark like gaunt ghosts, and Garraty didn't like to look at them. They were the walking dead.
    — Stephen King
    tags: dark  ghost 
     
    I have spent a good many years since"•too many, I think"•being ashamed about what I write. I think I was forty before I realized that almost every writer of fiction or poetry who has ever published a line has been accused by someone of wasting his or her God-given talent. If you write (or paint or dance or sculpt or sing, I suppose), someone will try to make you feel lousy about it, that's all.
    — Stephen King
    tags: talent  poetry  write  fiction  dance  year 
     
    It's a little place on the Pacific Ocean. You know what the Mexicans say about the Pacific? They say it has no memory. That's where I want to live the rest of my life. A warm place with no memory.
    — Stephen King
    tags: live  memory  ocean 
     
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